Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Description from PassPorter's Walt Disney World Guidebook:

Build a drive-in theater in a movie soundstage, seat folks in replica vintage cars, serve souped-up drive-in fare, and show old sci-fi movie trailers. Would anyone buy that script? You and the kids will at this fanciful eatery. The menu is fun and portions are huge. Definitely get a shake ($5.50)—you can get “adult” (alcoholic) shakes, too. The kids’ menu is classic “drive-in,” but the adult menu has upscale choices like New York strip steak with garlic herb butter ($32) and shrimp pasta ($25). At lunch, try the Angus chuck burger ($17.50) or smoked turkey sandwich ($14). The desserts are out of this world ($6.99–$7.99). Everyone faces the screen, so chatting is hard. Not all seats are “parked cars”—request one if you want it. Kids’ menu is $10–$12.

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Lunch Average: $47
Dinner Average: $47

Lunch Hours: 11:00 am - 3:55 pm
Dinner Hours: 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Seating: Indoor only at tables and chairs, half booths

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What PassPorter Readers Think of Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (39 comments):

Cute, Kitchy -- food is okay. Go for the experience!
Bruhaha gave this a rating of 6 on 07/01/2016 at 12:26:35 am EDT

We love the Sci-Fi Dine-in. It is fun to watch the films while eating good food. The cars you eat in are great. I feel like we are really at a drive in. The atmosphere is amazing. This is a must eat for us every trip. It is probably the quietest place to eat with a bunch of kids since they are all watching the movie screen.
DisneyKimber gave this a rating of 10 on 06/30/2016 at 2:35:12 pm EDT

I thought I noticed some trailers I hadn't seen before this time around. You can't beat the atmosphere!
Horace Horsecollar gave this a rating of 8 on 06/30/2016 at 12:40:07 pm EDT

Food is average, but atmosphere is fun!
jmtnapier gave this a rating of 7 on 06/30/2016 at 11:03:35 am EDT

This is another place you won't find in your hometown! The atmosphere and theme is so cool. Food is good, not great. My only word of warning about this place is that is not conducive to conversation. Its very dark and you are not facing your dining companions. The point is really to watch the movies. So it just depends what type of meal you are looking for!
EvaKi gave this a rating of 8 on 06/29/2016 at 11:40:52 am EDT

We love the theming and story of this eatery. But that is the only thing we like about it. The food is nothing special at all and is overpriced. We don't care for the menu selections either. But it is sooo cool inside!
Pawleys4 gave this a rating of 7 on 06/27/2016 at 10:11:11 pm EDT

Enjoyable experience and the food is good. We prever the cars to the tables.
TomiRocket gave this a rating of 8 on 06/27/2016 at 1:11:43 pm EDT

You don't go here for the go for the experience and decor. Good place to take kids. Standard park-food. Servers were nice.
RandyF1979 gave this a rating of 6 on 06/25/2016 at 10:05:52 pm EDT

A very fun place to eat. Food and service was great.
Disneygirl288 gave this a rating of 8 on 06/25/2016 at 9:22:18 pm EDT

We had a great server that really enhanced our experience. Our daughters had a great time. Fun for the atmosphere and to show a first timer. Not someplace I would go for every visit but fun.
ChristyBee gave this a rating of 8 on 06/25/2016 at 3:34:42 pm EDT

At the time we went, 2009, the menu didn't match the theme of the place. Steak, seafood pasta and fish were the main items. Loved the idea, but the execution was off. We were also hoping to get more of the movies instead of just the old commercials on continuous loop.
questkitten gave this a rating of 7 on 06/24/2016 at 2:34:21 pm EDT

Their cheeseburgers are great with bacon on them!
StinkinDisneyFreakFan#221 gave this a rating of 10 on 06/23/2016 at 10:52:53 pm EDT

The food is ok but, eating in your car at the drive in is a unique experience. Lots of fun !
Dopey Girl gave this a rating of 7 on 06/20/2016 at 9:08:02 pm EDT

Such a neat experience! Food was pretty good and our servers were the best we had our whole stay. Fair warning--if you are on the fluffy side like me, the cars you sit in can be a bit tight!
tullock23 gave this a rating of 9 on 06/20/2016 at 6:21:45 pm EDT

The "cars" you eat in are rather small.
Maryann Justinger gave this a rating of 6 on 06/20/2016 at 11:01:50 am EDT

This might be a better option for just two. I think it's awkward for families with two in the front and one of two in the back, not being able to look at each other. It's a cool experience once, but I don't need to go to back.
rjust44 gave this a rating of 6 on 06/19/2016 at 9:34:30 pm EDT

Yes, we will eat there again. But it is WAAAYYY too expensive for what you get.
MissyMouse70 gave this a rating of 4 on 06/18/2016 at 10:32:05 pm EDT

Everytime I eat here, I'm taken back to my childhood. Going to the drive in and watching B movies! The food though is major steps above drive in fare though. Your seats are in 'cars' which can be a bit tight for anyone on the larger side but they do offer picnic style tables in the back.
Missi gave this a rating of 10 on 06/17/2016 at 3:17:50 pm EDT

We have loved this restaurant in the past, but last year we were disappointed. My salad was fair, and that's what everyone else thought of their meal. The worst part was we froze throughout the meal. The air conditioning was set too low. I used my paper napkin to help warm my legs. Couldn't wait to get out of there! And it was November.
mbbowen gave this a rating of 5 on 06/17/2016 at 10:21:42 am EDT

Food is good and service is great. Fun place to eat.
jazzman55 gave this a rating of 7 on 06/17/2016 at 9:28:40 am EDT

Fun atmosphere. The food is good and the portions are large.
tinae159 gave this a rating of 7 on 06/15/2016 at 10:26:01 pm EDT

Love, love, love the atmosphere and theming!
dodgersle gave this a rating of 10 on 06/14/2016 at 12:31:57 pm EDT

Atmosphere is the reason to go and kids enjoy it. Food is just average although the shakes are great. Service is very goodm
wdwfun4 gave this a rating of 7 on 06/14/2016 at 9:16:40 am EDT

I would definitely go here again(assuming you can get in).The movie is great and they really pay attention to you
KDevines gave this a rating of 5 on 06/13/2016 at 10:44:03 pm EDT

Fun for the family. Food was a little better than other Disney restaurants.
scott disney dad gave this a rating of 8 on 06/13/2016 at 10:42:57 pm EDT

Great food and atmosphere!
MayraLR gave this a rating of 9 on 06/13/2016 at 3:53:19 pm EDT

Movies on too short a loop... you will see each clip six or seven times. Conversation is... odd... if there are more than two of you. Food was not as good as expected.
Moghedan gave this a rating of 4 on 06/13/2016 at 10:48:20 am EDT

Must-Do meal for our family on every trip. We usually eat here several times during a vacation. The atmosphere is so fun. Service is always amazing. Milk Shakes are huge and delicious. Love the Spinach and Artichoke Dip and the Spicy Buffalo Popcorn Chicken. They are some of my favorite foods in all of WDW. For entrees, we like the House-smoked St. Louis-style Pork Ribs and The Reuben. The Flame-broiled New York Strip Steak used to be served with a blue cheese butter on top and it made the meal so much better. Without it, we do not enjoy the steak as much. The desserts are all yummy, and I usually get vanilla syrup added to my coke. Portions are great, and the appetizers alone will keep us coming back. It is a unique experience, and the kiddos love the cars and the movie clips. The lighting is very dim, as it simulates an evening at the drive-in movies. Let me mention that the burgers and fries are delicious here and in my opinion are a better quality than the counter service versions. Enjoy!!
Lunae gave this a rating of 10 on 06/12/2016 at 4:11:34 pm EDT

I have eaten here many times. The food is just ok, but the theming is fabulous! It's keeps my coming back.
Loritravels gave this a rating of 8 on 06/12/2016 at 2:18:56 am EDT

Although seating took a long time upon check-in, even though we had a reservation, the surprisingly quiet atmosphere was an awesome surprise! A different dining experience the whole family will remember :)
ScorpioKat79 gave this a rating of 9 on 06/10/2016 at 9:40:34 pm EDT

Fun theme and good food!
RipperSB gave this a rating of 8 on 06/10/2016 at 9:05:56 pm EDT

This is our families favorite themed restaurant. The food is good not great-they need more choices. Yet another restaurant the always seems behind in seating reservations, The kids always love the funny old "not so scary" movies (think cartoon ghosts and silly scenes from ghostbusters) Great seating in old cards and don't forget to try a mikshake!
dderesin gave this a rating of 8 on 06/10/2016 at 3:25:50 pm EDT

I love the booths, the movies, the waitstaff, maybe not the price. But it is a great place to take a break and have a meal. Somewhat dark and cool.
txtink gave this a rating of 9 on 06/10/2016 at 12:15:48 pm EDT

Super fun eating location! You get to sit in super cute car booths while enjoying old Sci-Fi movies. Very dark in here but the food is great and the atmosphere is more peaceful than alot of the over crowded them park restaurants!
Csb10salum gave this a rating of 8 on 06/10/2016 at 11:56:12 am EDT

It was a fun experience! they told us the only available seating on a walk-up was a table at the back, but they found us a Car. The food was really good for the price.
comfort80 gave this a rating of 8 on 06/10/2016 at 10:53:07 am EDT

Love the atmosphere! Can't wait to eat here again this fall!
Katyx102415 gave this a rating of 9 on 06/10/2016 at 10:46:14 am EDT

It's pretty good but certainly not the best place to eat in all of WDW. Good enough. Fun for the kids but I thought it was really hard to read the menu inthe dark. Maybe I'm getting old! LOL
Jaffa8 gave this a rating of 7 on 06/10/2016 at 10:33:03 am EDT

It's just a different kind of atmosphere which makes it fun. My daughter likes to sit in the car and eat
Debbie1868 gave this a rating of 8 on 06/10/2016 at 10:18:37 am EDT

Average food but really fun atmosphere.
jenloveswdw gave this a rating of 7 on 06/10/2016 at 10:12:59 am EDT

Type: Table
Cuisine: American
Noise Factor: Noisy

Dress Code: Theme park casual

Annual Pass Discount: No
DVC Member Discount: No
Disney Visa Discount: No
Tables in Wonderland Discount: Yes

Reservations: Accepted at this restaurant for breakfast and lunch and dinner.

Tip: You can make reservations at this eatery up to 180 days in advance (or, if you are a Walt Disney World resort hotel guest, up to 180 days + 10 days from your check-in date). To find out the exact date and time you can make reservations at this eatery, add it as an activity to a trip itinerary in PassPorter's Disney Trip Planner Tools.

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